Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Easter Basket for TMITA and JUGS

At There's Magic in the Air, Sue Welsh brought us this week's fun challenge to use the  image "Eggs-traordinary Find" and incorporate it with a paper or altered Easter Basket. Click here to see the image.

At Just Us Girls it was time for another Template Challenge! All you have to do to play along, is to use ANY template of your choice! I chose a rounded basket template I found on Mel Stampz.

I began by cutting out the basket using Mel's template from a patterned paper. I scored and folded the basket, punched holes at the corners and tied with yellow ribbon. I added sheer ribbon to the curved edges on top. I cut the handle from striped paper and punched with a scallop border. I lined the underneath part of handle with same striped paper.

I printed the bunny digital image and cut with a circle nestie. I colored the image and also paper pieced (scraps from basket) the egg to which I added a ribbon and bow. Matted the image on a pink round mat and then a scalloped yellow mat both cut with nesties. Attached the circles to the front of basket with dimensionals. Just for fun I attached buttons to the bottom for legs.
Finished with some grass and candy inside.
Cardstock: DCWV Flower Shower Paper Pack
                  Gina K Lemondrop and Innocnt Pink
Ink:  SU Bordering Blue, Memento Cottage Ivy
White Stickles on Bunny
Nesties: Circles and Scalloped Circle
Ribbons and Buttons from Stash
Wishing you a Blessed and Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Thursday Sketch Challenge - 3/25/10 - STVSCVD04

Vicki's Thursday Sketch Challenge at Stamp TV  is shown here. She has come up with great sketches the last 4 weeks. Decided to make another Easter card because it is almost time to mail them.  Starting with a white base card,  I added mat of blue. I cut 2 squares of yellow the same size. I stamped sentiment on  yellow one and sponged around the words and used a CB border folder at bottom . Added pearls. Added the smaller ibbon around this square. Added this to blue mat and added second ribbon. I stamped the Iris on a smaller square of white and colored with markers and pencils. Added some glaze on petals  for highlights Place this on a mat
of yellow.  I did some embossing and sponging on inside and added a verse.
Stamps: Gina K - "Elegant Flowers"
                          -"Say it with Flowers" by Melanie
Paper: Gina K - Pure White, Ocean Mist, Lemondrop
Ink:  Versafine-Onyx Black
Ribbons and Pearls

Anything But a Card STV Challenge

At Stamp TV, Karen's  "Anything but a Card" challenge this week is a Pop-open gift box. She provides directions how to make in her challenge. Click here.This is fairly easy to make especially if you use a scor-pal. To make more simply, I used coordinating papers and did not use any I Bad ? The base of the box is patterned but shows up a solid aqua. Cut squares from pattern of fruits and made lid with a striped paper.  Borrowed idea for the ring handle from Betty's pretty box. Thanks, Betty...hope you don't mind.
Papers: Basic Grey - Recess Collection
Wonder what's in the Box?????
Thanks for popping by.

Friday, March 26, 2010

CPS Challenge 159

At Card Positioning Systems, they have a great sketch challenge for the week (shown to the right). This week's prizes are being sponsored by some of the Gina K Designs Illustrators. There are FOUR prizes to be given away. Each illustrator listed will be choosing a winner.  Illustrators are:
Asela Hopkins, Melanie Muenchinger, Tami Mayberry, Theresa Momber.

I made my card using a Soft Sand CS base  matted with a patterned paper edged with a gold pen. I cut a solid red mat using a nesties label and layered with a beige patterned paper mat on which I stamped my verse. I sponged this before removing from the nestie die. I stamped a flower inking the stamp directly and huffed and stamped on the beige paper. I cut out the flower and popped it up with dimensionals. Added a green satin bow made with Bow Easy.
Stamp: Gina K -Flower- "Elegant Flowers"
            Gina K - Verse- "Say it with Flowers"
                                       by Melanie
Inks:   SU Bravo Burgundy
          SU Artichoke
Pen:   Pilot Gold Marker
Paper:  Gina K- Pure Luxury Soft Sand
            Other CS from Stash
What a fun sketch! Hope you like this card!
Thanks for dropping by, Theresa

STV Color Challenge

Tina's color challenge at StampTV this week is to use green, violet and white on the card you submit. These colors are great for a spring / Easter card.  I decided to use the "Spring Florals" stamp set and papers that came with  Jessica's Spring Floral Card Kit that I bought recently from GKD and have not yet used.  Stamped the crocus stamp on white CS and colored with markers and pencils. Cut image with Spellbinders and matted onto violet CS cut with larger Spellbinders. Using white CS base, I layered a violet mat, a green mat and then the image with  mat. I stamped sentiment with SU eggplant. Added purple rhinestones for bling.  
Stamps: Gina K "Spring Florals"
Papers:  Gina K Pure Luxury - Vibrant Violet, Creme de Menthe, Pure White
Ink:        SU Eggplant
Rhinestones: Studio 18
Spellbinders:  Large Labels
Thanks for dropping by!
 Love to hear from You. Theresa

Thursday, March 25, 2010

StampTV Inspire Challenge

This week Gina's inspiration challenge was to stamp a project inspired by a photo of a pink bedroom. You can use patterned paper, stamps, buttons, brads, eyelets, anything you want to create the project that conveys your feelings when you look at the photo. I had this dotted patterned paper (from a garage sale find) that I thought would be great.  Using Gina's video " Creating a Border with Nestabilities" (Click here to see), I made a border on the PP  using rectangle nesties and a white opaque pen. I stamped the image using versamark for stem that I embossed with white EP and used pink ink for flower. Stamped flower again and cut out to attach for dimension. Matted this on solid pink CS  and used white CS base. Added sentiment stamped on pink  and  matted on white. Not that pleased with final look but will post in challenge. I had a ribbon cut but forgot to add. A senior moment?
Stamps: GKD -"Elegant Flowers" , "Spring Florals"
Papers:  From stash
Pen: Inkssentials White Opaque
Ink:  Memento Angel Pink

Hope today finds you in the PINK!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"There's Magic in the Air" Challenge

My friend Olga  brings us this week's "There's Magic in the Air" challenge. She wants us to use "any acquired Paper Cupcake (click to shop) image" and 1,2,3 Create! What does that mean? Well, she wants you to use on your project : 1 Paper Cupcake image (your choice) ; 2 ribbons ;  3 buttons.
I chose to use "Hello Cupcake", the Paper Cupcake image designed by Nina that is offered free at TMITA this week. Love all the designs by Nina. You must check out her store for more great images.                    

I printed out the image after resizing and coloring with Photoshop. I added some more coloring details with markers and added some glaze to flowers, cupcake and butterfly. Placed image edged with a ribbon on a pink mat cut with a square nesties. Used yellow cs for base and added a mat from Easter patterned paper scraps. Added the second ribbon and 3 buttons to finish my card. 1, 2 ,3 and I am done. Finished with an Easter verse on the inside
but did not make a picture.
Have a hippity, hoppity Day!
Thanks for hopping by my way!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring Colors for Just Us Girls Challenge 25

At Just Us Girls this week, Lisa challenged us to use spring colors ......light brown, yellow, blue, and green...that she found in this picture (left) in the Pottery Barn Kids website....she is looking for our creations to include these colors.
My inspiration to use these colors was a digital image by Inger Harding that I found on her website
My blogger friend Sue led me to her beautiful images.  I colored this image "Flowers for You" using Photoshop because I am still having a hard time coloring with my injured hand. Used a glaze pen on flowers. After resizing and printing the image, I cut it using an oval die and mounted with dimensionals on a scalloped oval of green CS. Placed this on a yellow mat embossed with CB Swiss Dots and then layered onto a green mat. Used white CS for my base. Stamped sentiment on oval and added a blue ribbon and bow. To have CS that matched exactly with my image, I printed the yellow and green CS with Photoshop using the eyedropper to pull colors from the image.  I finished the back of the card using the image, my logo, and the date. I often use this layout on the back of my cards.

Stamps: Sentiment GKD-Spring Florals Set
Digital Image: "Flowers for You"- Inger Harding
Paper: Pure Luxury White-GKD
           Yellow and Green-printed on Pure Luxury White
Ribbon: From Stash

I am looking forward to the day that I can pick a bouquet of flowers from my garden.
Sending you a bouquet of good wishes for a great day!

StampTV Color Challenge

Last week at STV, Tina did  a "going GREEN" challenge because of St. Patrick's Day!!!! That's right... we could use any and all shades of green. We could add any accent color we wish. I forgot to add an accent color but used a lot of green.
I used 3 shades of green CS beginning with the lightest for the base. Stamped the image on medium green oval  with Versamark and embossed with clear EP. Matted this on dark green oval. I embossed a mat of medium green CS layered with a mat of  patterned paper with CB argyle folder. Embossing these 2 layers together gave it a look of being one layer? I lost some of the details of the pattern when I dry embossed but still like the results. Stamped sentiment on scrap of dark green...again with Versamark and clear EP. Cut with nesties and added some punched leaves.
Finished with some green brads. Added this to StampTV yesterday before the deadline. Now waiting to see if the "Luck of the Irish" is with me in the drawing.
Stamps: GKD Spring Florals
Papers:  Bazzill Greens, PP from Stash
Ink:       Versamark
Brads:   From Blog Hop Win TMITA
Punch:   Unknown - Belongs to a Friend
Have a happy day! Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Stamp TV Asian Inspired Challenge

Asian Inspired---
Gina's challenge this week was to create a project, either a card, 3-D item or a scrapbook page, based on a picture of a lotus lamp. It can be color based, style based or anything else that hits you when you gaze upon the beauty of the lamp. Click to see.
The lamp photo reminded me of an old stamp that I had that is Asian looking. I decided to combine it with a GKD lotus stamp.

I began with  a base card of black and made a square card since my stamp is square. I stamped the image using black ink on khaki cs and trimmed and edged this with black ink. I matted this on another square of khaki cs and taped to the base. I stamped the lotus stamp with black ink on khaki and cut with an oval nestie. I added color with pink and green stickles. Placed the lotus image on a scalloped oval of black cs. Adhered to the card with dimensionals. I liked the touch of color and shine on the lotus as a highlight but kept it very simple in design...the Asian way.
Finished the inside of the card by stamping a "Asian like" sentiment on a square of khaki cs and stamped a smaller lotus image.
Stamps: Magnolia's Floral- Julia Hawken
                                         for Stamps Happen
             Lotus and Sentiment-GKD : Melanie's
            "A Year of Flowers" ; "Say it with Flowers"
Paper:   Khaki CS from Stash
             Pure Luxury Black Onyx-GKD
Ink:       Onyx  Black-Versafine

非常感谢你 (Thank You)
for stopping by!

STV Challenge for Anything But a Card

At StampTV this week, Karen's "Anything but a Card” Challenge was to make one or more of the treat boxes she has shown with directions and then stamp with images to decorate for any occasion you’d like. Thanks, Karen, for this box treat!

I made the boxes (using directions by Karen)  with yellow cardstock (yellow is more pastel than it shows in photo). I used some scraps of Easter DP to make 1.75"x1.75" squares that I adhered to 3 sides of each box. For the featured side I used a Bunny Cupcake digital image from Paper Cupcakes that I printed and colored using PhotoShop. I cut the images using a round nesties and placed on pink mats cut with a scalloped circle nesties. I adhered with glue dots and dimensionals.
I plan to fill the containers with Easter candies but use  eggs in the boxes for a photo.

Easter will be here soon. Now is the time to prepare some treats.
Hope you hop here for a look.

Friday, March 19, 2010

So Good to Make a Real Card with Paper!!

We are back at home after 6 weeks on Captiva Island.  I had my cast removed yesterday and am now wearing a brace. Since I am back home in my studio, I decided to try to make a PAPER card for the challenge at TMITA. But I still cannot use my right hand very well. Have to take some therapy to get it back to normal.
This week's TMITA challenge is brought to us by Kim McDonald. She would like to see us use the "Bunny Cupcake" image by Paper Cupcakes and to make any "non-traditional" style card (e.g., free standing pop up, joy fold, tri-shutter, etc).  After seeing Sue's card, I decided to make a spring card which I have never made but thought I could cut and fold easily enough. I sized the Bunny Cupcake image and colored with Photoshop since I still cannot color in the lines with my hand. I added the pink circle and sentiment to the image with PS and printed it out on white cardstock. I cut this out using a nesties circle and cut a mat of green with nesties scalloped circles. At least I can use my nesties. Yeah!!! Added some glaze to the bunny's face and text. I cut my card of DP (printed on computer) to  10"x5" and scored and trimmed to make the swing card. Added the image with some dimensionals and added some bling.
Whoopee!!! I made a card using more than Photoshop...first time in 8 weeks!!
Thanks for dropping by for a visit.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Thanks to Betty for the Sunshine Award

Yesterday I received the Sunshine Award from Betty, one of my great stamping friends whose blog is such a fun place to visit.  She always has such great cards and shares so much with us about card making and challenges. Thanks to you, Betty. I am to pass the award on to six others whose blogs make me smile and bring sunshine into my life.
If the last few months I have made so many stamping and blogging friends who deserve this award that I can not choose only 6 but wish that all who visit my blog accept this award and display on their sidebar.
Y'all bring so much sunshine to me!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

May You Find the Rainbow's End at TMITA

There's Magic in the Air has a challenge from Danielle this week. She wants us to use the  image "Pot of Gold" from Paper Cupcakes (freebie) and use the colors "green & gold" (the image can be many colors) with the added bonus of using metal somewhere on your card/creation (brad, charm, eyelets, etc.). What a fun challenge!!
Through the Magic of Photoshop, I digitally created this card. I colored the image with Photoshop using paint can and special effects. I found a digital paper of shamrocks online (Papercraft Inspirations) and re-colored  to green and gold. Added "mat" of green and used a small green "mat" for my sentiment that I typed with PS. Added 2 brads with shamrocks design. (Actually the brads are images of metal brads that I found online and copied and moved onto the card). This will be a great card to send for St. Patrick's Day.
I hope next week I can make a "real"card for TMITA's challenge. I know this card cannot qualify for the random drawing because there is no metal.... but it was fun to play with this image and thru the magic of Photoshop added some "metal brads".
Click on card to see closer.

Happy St. Patrick's Day....everyone is Irish on March 17!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Digital Easter Bunny Card

I recently received from my blogger friend Sue a link to some beautiful digital images from Harding Designs. These freebies can be downloaded from Inger Harding at Please check out Inger's lovely designs. I had also seen one of Inger's designs on my friend  Olga's blog (click to view).

Using Photoshop, I colored the bunny using different special effects on different areas of the image. I used a background from the kids selection called daisy that I added a special effect from the filter option (custom) that looks as if I had embossed it with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dot folder. Also used a photo effect that gave the bunny a look of being dimensional (card on left).
Did another card (right card) that I changed some of the special effects used in the final steps to give a totally different look. More of a embossed look. Think I like the one on the right card the best. It is fun to experiment with different elements. Never know what I'll get!

Which card do you like?
Thanks for hopping by to see my bunnies!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Making a Digital Card-Simplified- and a DH Challenge

Since I cannot papercraft  cards, I have not been able to enter many challenges online with the exception of  TMITA who does not object to digitally created cards being entered in their wonderful challenges.  Thanks to the gals over at There's Magic in the Air for being so supportive of my "digital"cards.

It is no fun to make cards for challenges and not being able to share them. One stamping site requested that I remove all my digitally created cards from my album on their site which I promptly did ......I did not know that I was breaking the rules..... they only allow  papercraft cards.  (I really did not expect digital cards to be eligible for a challenge prize but thought they could be in my albums.)  Maybe I should create a website for challenges for only digitally made projects?  LOL!

My cast will be removed March 18 and none too soon because I miss making cards and participating in challenges. My DH, feeling sorry that I am lacking challenges, challenged me to make a card with some of his great photographs that he has made during our stay here in FL. So I accepted his challenge and created this
Get Well Card :

Inside of card

Used photographs made at Bailey Tract on Sanibel Island. Using Photoshop, I created a "mat" with background of leaves that I gave a textured look. Used a frame to surround the picture for another mat look. Added text.  Using the same "mat" on inside, I used a rectangle shape in white to create a "mat" for second  picture and sentiment.

So many have asked how to make digital cards on Photoshop that I am going to try to list some of the steps I used in making the card front above. There are numerous ways to do different set to experiment. My technique is SELF-TAUGHT. This is just one of many ways to create a card.

1. In upper toolbar, under FILE (far left on top toolbar). select NEW, open blank file - select size (ie 5.5" wide and 4.25"height);  select background (white, color,or transparent). Click OK to open in work area. Will  also show in photo bin.

2. Next, choose a background (or just fill with a color). In ARTWORK and EFFECTS find option Artwork then find Backgrounds (options on left side) and then find Nature (options on right side). Scroll to find Leaves and click apply. Background of leaves will appear on Blank File. 

3. To give the background a textured look, find Special Effects ( another option in Artwork and Effects). On this card I chose Photo Effects (options on left side) and Image Effects (options on right side) and selected Lizard Skin (scroll down to see choices). Select apply and your background of leaves becomes textured.

4.Flatten your image. Select Layer in top tool bar and click on "Flatten Image".  You can choose to do later ...just merges layers together before adding in an image or picture.

5.Now you can open a picture or an image to add to your card. Click on FILE (far left on top toolbar). Click on OPEN...go to choice of picture to open. Picture will appear in workspace and in photo bin. Once picture or digital image is edited to your liking you can now add a frame as I did. Or choose another way to present.

6. Add frame ...Under Artwork and Effects...go to Frames in left options and select Professional in right options. I selected 4x5Tranparency as my frame. Click apply to add choice of frame. Then adust size of picture and frame.

7. To add picture to "Mat Background", bring "Mat" back into workspace and then drag picture on to the mat. Using the MOVE tool from tools (usually at left of screen or may be at bottom), adjust placement and size of image.

8. Use TEXT tool to add sentiment. Flatten Image again.

Remember to save your project as you work. Also you can always backup and make changes using Undo History. Once you flatten an image, you can not change what is on screen but you can delete Flatten Image to return to previous state.  This is a simplified  list of steps and certainly not a complete lesson but just hope  it gives you an idea how to begin.

Thanks for dropping by. See ya later, alligator!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

TMITA Challenge

My friend Patti is hosting this week's challenge at There's Magic In the Air. She would like you to use "ANY acquired PAPER CUPCAKE'S" image and use the sketch shown at bottom right. You can stretch it, rotate it, reverse it etc as long as the original sketch can still be seen and you use a Paper Cupcake image. I used the freebie digi image that Nina offered this week since it was sooo perfect for a birthday card for my nephew, Jacob, who is one on Friday. He dressed as a monkey for Halloween and looked so cute plus he also just loves, loves bananas and monkeys! So the image suits him so well. Thanks to Nina for all her freebies.   I again  used  Photoshop to create this card.  I used a base of  brown layered with a yellow and white check mat (background in PS) and then a mat (shape which I used a filter on to give a design) of "brown DP".  I colored the image of "Orson and Cake" with PS and cut as an oval (using shape option) that I "matted" with yellow and "sponged" with yellow.   Added some bananas for Jacob to finish the card.   I plan to print this when I can use my hand and am back to my studio where I can use cardstock, nesties, etc to create a paper card to send to Jacob.   I wish I had a picture of Jacob in his monkey costume...will add later.
Happy Birthday, Jacob!
Thanks for stopping by for a visit!